noun se·mes·ter \sə-ˈmes-tər\

: one of two usually 18-week periods that make up an academic year at a school or college

Full Definition of SEMESTER

:  either of the two usually 18-week periods of instruction into which an academic year is often divided
:  a period of six months
se·mes·tral \-trəl\ or se·mes·tri·al \-trē-əl\ adjective

Origin of SEMESTER

German, from Latin semestris half-yearly, from sex six + mensis month — more at six, moon
First Known Use: 1827

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis
SEMESTRIAL Defined for Kids


noun se·mes·ter \sə-ˈme-stər\

Definition of SEMESTER for Kids

:  either of two terms that make up a school year


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